“Ko te wai ora ngā mea katoa”
Campaign Advisor – Student Intern
Ko wai Au? (from whose waters do I descend?)
Ko Taupiri, ko Mootakiora ooku maunga
Ko Waikato, ko Mangaokewa ooku awa
Ko Mookau ki runga
Ko Taamaki ki raro
Ko Mangatoatoa ki waenganui
Pare Hauraki, Pare Waikato
Ko Tiara Wilson ahau
Waimāori is important to me because:
My connection to my mountains and waterways is why Waimāori is important to me. They are my physical connection to my whakapapa. They are what keep me grounded and energised. They are the essence of my being. Fizz Free whānau is an important kaupapa as it is a form of upholding our responsibility of kaitiakitanga and exercising our rights of tino rangatiratanga. Not only are we able to improve our overall wellbeing and health of our whānau, but we can also protect our environment by saying no to single-use plastic and nurturing the health of our own mountains and rivers.
My favourite part about being in the Fizz Free Campaign team is:
Getting amongst the communities and sharing the kaupapa at our local events. I love being able to talk, share and listen to some of the korero that our whānau have around why they are going fizz free and what it means for them. We really encourage our whānau to make it their own challenge and establish positive habits that will lead to healthy lifestyle changes.